State Laws: Legislatures acted on triclosan, microbeads, and flame retardants
In the absence of federal action on chemicals of concern, state legislatures continued a trend of recent years by banning or otherwise regulating commercial compounds. Minnesota outlawed the antibacterial compound triclosan in soaps and cleaners amid growing concerns about possible health effects associated with this compound and its potential to lead to antibiotic resistance. Citing concerns about plastic pollution in the Great Lakes, Illinois banned personal care products containing plastic microbeads. California, meanwhile, is requiring that labels on upholstered furniture indicate whether the items contain flame-retardant chemicals.